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DSWD 7 appeals to the public not to donate unusable things

After seeing the unusable donated items for Naga City landslide affected families, DSWD 7 Regional Director Ma. Evelyn B. Macapobre appealed to the public not to give things that cannot anymore be used.

A sample of used clothing donated for the landslide victims.

She emphasized that disaster victims deserve to be treated with dignity as human beings.

In addition, Macapobre expressed that even during disasters, cleanliness, hygiene and sanitation must be observed to prevent diseases.

She also said that it drains the manpower’s effort which are spent sorting unusable donations.

“Again, let us preserve the dignity of the displaced families, so I am earnestly requesting the public to donate only usable things,” stressed Macapobre

Further, Director Macapobre said that it was discussed and agreed during on September 24, 2018 Incident Command meeting that donation of used clothing is discouraged because what the displaced families at the evacuation centers need are hygiene kits, milk, school supplies, blankets, mats, pillows, children diapers, adult underwear, ECO-Bags and big plastic boxes.

Furthermore, those who would like to donate clothes, it is encouraged that you give new sets of clothes or undergarments.

Moreover, those who would like to donate food or host a meal must inform the donations desk in Naga City for the scheduling of the conduct of such activity.

It was also agreed in the same meeting that all donations should pass through the donations desk at the lobby of Naga City Hall. ###


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DSWD supports in managing evacuation centers for Cebu landslide survivors

With the magnitude of the landslide which occurred in Sitio Sindulan, Brgy. Tinaan in Naga City, Cebu on September 20, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has intensified the provision of technical assistance to the local government unit (LGU) including management of evacuation centers, resource augmentation, and hands-on training of LGU personnel on disaster management.

DSWD FO VII social worker provides technical assistance to the LGU regarding camp management.

DSWD-Field Office VII Director Evelyn Macapobre said that since this is the first time that the LGU of Naga City has experienced this kind of  disaster, it is important to guide the staff on how to manage the evacuation centers including the process of accepting donation, and dealing with volunteers.

Also, at present, DSWD social workers are training LGU personnel as camp managers.

The Field Office established the evacuation camps on September 21, a day after the landslide which affected 1,493 families or 6,208 persons in five barangays in the said city.

DSWD-FO VII has deployed staff to man the evacuation centers.  It has also assigned  camp managers who work with their counterparts from the LGU.

“We fielded our staff in the six evacuation centers to help ensure that basic human right to life and dignity of displaced families is upheld,” added Dir. Macapobre.

Dir. Macapobre explained that to ensure orderly camp coordination and management, internally-displaced families in the evacuation centers were grouped by cluster, each having their own leaders to look into their respective needs and concerns.

The affected families are staying in the evacuation centers set-up at the Naga Central Elementary School, Enan Chiong Activity Center, Naalad Elementary School, Apo Cement Gym, Naga National High School, and Colon Elementary School.

Moreover, the Field Office established an operations center at the city hall which doubles as a public information center.

As of September 24, there are 1,253 families or 5,516 individuals staying in the evacuation centers.

Volunteer groups continue to arrive in the area while individuals, families, private schools, foundations, news outlets, and universities also came yesterday to hand over their donations. To document all donated goods, the Field Office set-up  a donation desk.

According to Director Macapobre the regional warehouse and the Visayas Disaster Response Center is now manually repacking goods with the help of over 370 volunteers, mostly from schools, universities and other private institutions.

“The Department’s Cash-for-Work (CFW) scheme is also utilized to hasten production of family food packs,” she added.

Meanwhile, more than 50 DSWD regional and field office staff are mobilized in shifting schedule, and are spread across the evacuation centers in order to provide support to LGU personnel in the assessment and intake of displaced families, relief/logistical needs, and provision of psychosocial support, especially among children and women in the evacuation centers. ###


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Volunteers help repack family food packs

After the call for volunteers in social media on September 21, 2018, the next day day about 370 volunteers flocked to the Visayas Disaster Response Center (VDRC) in Barangay Tingub, Mandaue City to help in the repacking of family food packs.

Volunteers help in the repacking of family food packs in VDRC.

Most of the volunteers are students from various universities and colleges in Metro Cebu namely, University of San Carlos (USC); University of Cebu – Lapulapu and Mandaue (UCLM); University of San Jose – Recoletos (USJ-R); University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF); Mandaue City College (MCC) and Philippine State College of Aeronautics (PSCA) – Mactan Air Base.

Aside from the student volunteers, the private sector also volunteered in the VDRC like the JCI Mandaue, Philippine Motorcycle Riders Club, Angkas Amigo Volunteers, Parkcare Play School Inc., Amigo 65 Volunteers and several walk-ins.

“We really appreciate the time and effort of our volunteers in making sure we have enough family food packs ready for distribution,” said DSWD-7 Regional Director Ma. Evelyn B. Macapobre.

Uniformed personnel also help in the repacking like the Philippine Army and Philippine Air Force.

After 5 pm yesterday, all volunteers were able to repack a total of 5,700 family food packs.

For those who are interested to become a volunteer may contact Mr. Derrick Triumfo through cellphone numbers 0922-7029597 or 0916-7989430.

The schedule of repacking is from Monday to Saturday (8am to 5pm) only. ###


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DSWD holds psychosocial counseling, play therapy for children evacuees in Cebu landslide

In order to ease the stress and possible trauma experienced by child evacuees in the recent landslide in Naga City, Cebu, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) set up child-friendly spaces in all evacuation centers in the affected area.

DSWD-7 social worker Karen Faith Caliso conducts a story telling session inside the child-friendly space.

“Because of the vulnerability of children in disaster situations, the DSWD prioritizes their safety and protection at all times,” said DSWD Secretary Virginia N. Orogo.

“We ensure that all evacuation centers are fully capable of holding child-friendly spaces which provide services such as play and art therapy, psychosocial counseling, supplementary feeding, games, and educational activities to relieve the stress of children due to displacement because of disasters,” she added.

The establishment of the child and women-friendly spaces in evacuation centers is in accordance to the Republic Act No. 10821 or the Children’s Emergency Relief and Protection Act which ensures that children and pregnant and lactating mothers are ensured of protection before, during, and after the occurrence of a calamity or disaster.

As of present time, the DSWD, through its Field Office (FO) VII has already extended relief support and financial assistance worth Php 2,293,919.50 affected families staying in five evacuation centers. ###


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DSWD Sec. Orogo meets, comforts Naga City, Cebu landslide victims

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Virginia N. Orogo flew to Cebu yesterday and visited the families affected by the landslide in Barangay Tinaan, Naga City.

Upon arrival at the city, Sec. Orogo, accompanied by DSWD Field Office VII Director Evelyn Macapobre, directly proceeded to the evacuation centers where she met and comforted the bereaved families and other victims.

DSWD Sec. Virginia Orogo hands P25,000 burial aid to a beneficiary.

Makaka-asa po kayo nang patuloy na ayuda mula sa ahensiya hanggang sa kayo ay muling makabangon at makapag-simulang muli (We assure you that the Department will continue to assist you until such time that you can recover from the incident and are able to start anew),” Sec. Orogo assured the affected families.

As of press time, there are five evacuation centers in Naga City. These are the Naga Central Elementary School, Enan Chiong Activity Center (ECAC), Naalad Elementary School, Apo Cement Gym and Naga High School. The ECAC has the highest number of evacuees with around 500 families.

As of yesterday, there are 897 affected families or 2,836 individuals. A total of 29 casualties has so far recorded.

Sec. Orogo also handed Php 25,000 each to the 11 bereaved families as burial assistance.

Aside from the burial assistance, DSWD Field Office VII continues to extend immediate relief to the victims through the provision of food and non-food items.

To date, it has already extended relief support worth Php 2,018,919.50 to the victims. Additional assistance will be delivered on site as the need arises.

Members of the DSWD Field Office VII Quick Response Team remain on 24-hour operation in the evacuation centers to assist the city government in responding to the needs of the evacuees.

DSWD social workers have also set-up child-friendly spaces in the various evacuation centers to ensure the safety and to meet the special needs of children and women including senior citizens, nursing mothers, and persons with disabilities. ###


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DSWD-7 gives relief assistance to families affected by landslide in Naga City, Cebu

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office VII has given food and non-food assistance to the 500 families affected by the landslide that happened early morning of September 20 in Naga City, Cebu.

These families left their houses after the incident.

DSWD-7 distributes food and non-food items to the landslide evacuees in Naga City, Cebu.

As of 10:00 pm of September 20, more than 500 families stay in Enan Chiong Activity Center (ECAC) beside the Naga City Hall while 63 families are in Barangay Naalad Elementary School.

“As a response to the immediate needs of the affected families, we provided support to the City Government of Naga as part of the concerted effort of the government to provide augmentation,” said DSWD-7 Regional Director Ma. Evelyn B. Macapobre.

“We will be delivering additional food and non-food items to the families who have not received yet tonight,” Director Macapobre added.

The landslide affected families received 3 boxes of family food pack and each pack contains 6 kilos of rice, 4 canned fish, 4 canned meats and 6 sachets of coffee.

They also received non-food items like hygiene kit, sleeping kit, dining utensils and 5 gallons of water container.

Director Macapobre said that the regional office of DSWD will continue to monitor and assess the situation in coordination with the City Government of Naga and other national government agencies in preparation for the provision of other appropriate interventions. ###


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BISFFA members: Partnership leads to productive business

In the municipality of Talibon, Bohol, a strong partnership has been forged by Bansan Island Seaweeds Farmer and Fishery Association (BISFFA) with various national government agencies.

Bansan is located in Brgy. Sag, one of the islands barangay of Talibon. It is one of the protected islands in the province where seaweeds and mangroves are growing abundantly.

Some members of the Bansan Island Seaweeds Farmer and Fishery Association (BISFA) cooking together for their seaweed crackers livelihood project.

It is also a home to BISFFA where 72 members are composed of 24 males and 48 females. Of the 72 members, 21 are Pantawid Pamilya partner-beneficiaries. This association was organized in September 2012 with a certificate of registration from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to operate their business.

When the Super Typhoon Yolanda struck the country in 2013, it devastated Bansan Island and the rest of the Talibon Group of Islands Protected Landscape and Seascape. The aftermath of Yolanda paved the way to a new partnership of BISFFA and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

In 2014, the DENR proposed a rehabilitation program on planting of mangroves within the coast of Bansan Island and tapped the association to do the mangrove planting. It provided mangrove seedlings, input materials and payment of labor to the BISFFA members.

The BISFFA members decided to use their earnings from planting mangroves to construct their own pump boat which they can use whenever they travel to the mainland of Talibon.

On the following year, the BISFFA found another partner agency that could help them on their business, the Talibon Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Provincial Office. The office orders tons of seaweed seedlings from BISFFA to be distributed to other seaweed associations around Bohol. It chose BISFFA because it is already DOLE and Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) registered and can provide official receipts to any business transactions.

Despite the association`s advancement in seaweeds industry, the island residents remained to be poor. The island does not have its own electric and water supply. The residents buy their drinking water in the mainland at Php 40.00 per gallon. For bathing and washing, they only depend on rainwater. If there is no rain, they buy deep-well water in the mainland at Php 5.00- Php 10.00 per container.

During day time, the residents only rely on battery-operated radio for some entertainments. In the night time, they pay the connection of a privately-owned generator for their electricity from 5pm to 10pm every day. Their payment depends on the kind of electrical power supply they used. It costs Php 10.00 per 10 watts and Php 20.00 for every television connection.

In this situation, poverty is still a major concern of the Bansan Island community folks.

Despite all these problems, some families decided to stay in the island due to its abundance of marine resources especially seaweeds and its potential income generating.

Since there are 21 Pantawid members under the BISFFA, in July 2016, the Project Development Officers (PDOs) of the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) of the DSWD assessed and conducted community economic activities solely with the Pantawid beneficiaries of BISFFA. They found out that these members need further assistance in seaweeds farming.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) funded the association with starter kits covering the complete materials and seedlings needed for them to sustain their livelihood.

The DSWD SLP granted Php 252,174.00 to BISFFA under the Skills Training on Micro-Enterprise Development (MD) track.

Due to the abundance of seaweeds in the island, the association decided to expand their business through making of a new product, the seaweed crackers. The group partnered with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Municipal Agriculture Office (MAO) for its product making, enhancement and development.

These seaweed crackers have 2 varieties of flavor, the natural and cheese flavors. They sell it at Php 20.00 for 50 grams, Php 10.00 for 25 grams and Php 5.00 for 12 grams.

With this business expansion, the local government unit provided them a building for their seaweed cracker production which they could also use as a meeting place. Moreover, the LGU provided at least 15 heads of piglets as additional livelihood income.

For now, the group’s income varies depending on the monthly orders from customers. Their regular customers are the residents, students and other sari-sari store owners in the municipality.

Aside from the DSWD, the association constantly coordinates not only among the group members but also with other agencies like the BFAR, DOLE, DTI, BIR, MAO and the Department of Agriculture (DA) for possible business expansion.

This coordination has enlightened their families whose members are now actively involved in taking individual responsibilities for the business operations and family daily routine. Every morning before the sun is up, the husbands get to check the seaweed plantation together with their older sons. After which, they go fishing while the wives are in charge of harvesting dried seaweeds ready for production process.

In this endeavor, the program participants’ families got multiple income-generating activities from fishing and from raw seaweeds to seaweed crackers.

Despite the individual differences of the BISFFA members, they are able to develop the sense of ownership of their business and deepen their understanding on the value of solidarity which lead to strengthened community ties towards development.

As the association continues operating their business, in May this year, the DOLE released the livelihood assistance worth Php 500,000.00 proposed by the group for the purchase of heavy equipment for seaweed crackers production. The BISFFA is now on the process of purchasing the equipment.

This development has convinced the members that having the right project and right input from partner agencies help their business grow. ###


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DSWD 7 readies stockpile for disaster response

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Region 7 has a ready stockpile of family food packs and various non-food items to respond to the needs of those who will be affected by the weather disturbance.

DSWD-7 prepares its family food packs in the Visayas Disaster Response Center (VDRC).

As of this report, the field office 7 has a total of 78,381 family food packs amounting to Php 28,217,160.00.

These FFPs are placed in Bohol, Cebu, Negros Oriental and Siquijor.

The Bohol warehouse has 1,080 FFPs costing Php 321,246.00; regional warehouse has 7,489 FFPs valued at Php 2,696,040.00; and Negros Oriental warehouse has 8,981 FFP which cost Php 3,233,160.00.

The Visayas Disaster Response Center (VDRC) in Mandaue City has a total of 51,098 FFPs amounting to Php 18,395,280.00.

Also, DSWD 7 has prepositioned some FFPs to the local government units and Social Welfare and Development (SWAD) satellite offices in Bohol with a total of 9,743 packs.

Each family food pack contains 6 kilos rice, 4 canned fish, 4 canned meats and 6 sachets of coffee. Each food pack costs Php 360.00.

Non-food items include Family Kit – 1,470 packs, Dignity Kit – 950 packs, Dining Utensils – 775 packs, Hygiene Pack – 200 packs, Sleeping Kit – 580 packs, Blanket (assorted) – 2,660 pcs, Malong (assorted) – 72,452 pcs, Mats – 3,890 pcs, Mosquito Net – 4,005 pcs.

Aside from the stockpile of family food packs, DSWD 7 has a standby fund of Php 1,468,000.00 as of September 14, 2018.

The Quick Response Team (QRT) of DSWD 7 has also been activated today to ensure that there are people in the field who are on standby 24/7 to provide reports to the regional office and accommodate possible augmentation requests and other technical assistance coming from our partner local government units.

The DSWD 7 is also calling on volunteers to help pack at the Visayas Disaster Response Center.  Those who are interested may contact Mr. Derrick Triumfo through cellphone number 09167989430. ###


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